On Monday February 15th, our collaborating centre, the Global First Aid Reference Centre of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, has proudly launched its 2020 International First Aid, Resuscitation and Education guidelines.
These guidelines are the result of an intensive collaboration between many Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and first aid specialists. The process was coordinated by the Global First Aid Reference Centre and a dedicated steering committee, that included Cochrane First Aid Director Emmy De Buck. In addition, the entire Cochrane First Aid team provided methodological support during the guideline development process. Special attention was paid to the inclusion of first aid-related Cochrane systematic reviews. Eventually, a total of 30 Cochrane reviews were used as a basis for recommendations. In addition, we made sure that existing relevant evidence-based guidelines and recommendations from other organisations, such as the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation, were integrated.
For each first aid topic covered by the guidelines, a Scientific Foundation section provides an overview of the evidence that was identified from systematic reviews and/or single studies and used to support the recommendations.
Cochrane First Aid feels proud to have contributed to the development of these up-to-date and evidence-based guidelines, which will serve as a basis for the development of first aid training materials by Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies worldwide.